Outside of the educational sessions, some of the most popular activities at the NASPA Annual Conference are the meetings and receptions held throughout the conference. With so many student affairs professionals in one location many Constituent Groups and member institutions take advantage of this and hold meetings or receptions they can’t have anywhere else.
For attendees, these are great opportunities to network, or become more involved with your NASPA Constituent Group or Region. Often, these groups hold their yearly business meetings to review the previous year and begin planning for the months ahead. If you’re looking to take on a larger role within your Knowledge Community or Region, or even if you’re just interested in learning what they’re up to, these are can’t miss meetings.
At the end of the day, after you’ve had your fill of educational sessions but you’re not ready to retire for the evening, don’t be afraid to attend any of the many institutional receptions being held on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Many institutions hold alumni receptions while Constituent Groups hold their own to welcome receptions for current and new members. Evening receptions provide a great opportunity to do some informal networking.
Anyone is free to request meeting space, but if you do, here are some things you need to know: